Hall Of Fame Powerlifter Phil Richard Has Passed Away At 52

Phil Richard has passed away at 52.
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Phil Richard enjoyed a legendary career that spanned across four decades.

British powerlifter and EPF Hall of Fame Phil Richard has passed away at 52 years old. The International Powerlifting Federation shared the news on its official Instagram page on Saturday.

Richard enjoyed a legendary career that began when he was a teenager and spanned four decades.

“We were very sad to receive the news that Phil Richard has passed away.

Phil was well-known and well-liked throughout the powerlifting community, and he will be sadly missed.”


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The Career Of Phil Richard

Phil Richard discovered a passion for weightlifting early in his life. According to the IPF, Richard began his career as a teenager in the 1980s. He began lifting as a junior and made his international debut in 1988. Richard won the Junior World Championship three times and was a four-time Masters World champion.

Richard also logged many European titles over the course of his career, which lasted 45 years. Richard became known for his incredible dedication in the gym but also his personality inside the gym.

Richard’s record-setting career continued to reach new heights as recent as three years ago. During the 2021 IPF Arnold UK, Richard set two new records in the total-equipped IPF Maters U74kg division. He logged a 290.5kg (640.4lb) squat and 731kg (1,611.6lb) total.

In 2018, Phil Richard was elected into the European Powerlifting Federation Hall of Fame. He was one of two selected athletes that year, which is the max that can be inducted in a single year. He will be forever enshrined as a legendary powerlifter.

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